International Trade and Changin Conditions of Women

Hello! In this podcast I will try to analyze overall impacts of global trade on the changing conditions of women.

Especially in developing countries, for both men and women, working conditions are often poor, but women are among the most vulnerable workers

However, ninety-nine percent of the world’s women who gained the right to vote during the twentieth century are exerting increasing pressure on the world’s governments for protection of their right to equal treatment under the law.

This pressure was greatly amplified during the United Nations (UN) Decade for Women between 1985-95 and the Beijing Conference which followed.

Since 1980, more than a hundred countries have ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, (UN, 1980) and many subscribe to the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions on fair labor practices


With the rapid increase in direct foreign investments, multinational businesses are becoming important employers in developing countries. And Considerable public concern has been expressed about the treatment of workers in these countries, many of whom are women.

Accordingly,   Increasing numbers of multinational firms are adopting codes of conduct designed to assure their customers, their stockholders and their boards that they are behaving legally and ethically in overseas operations

Over the last century, women s circumstances have also changed profoundly. At the beginning of the 21st century, the women of the world
live longer,
have fewer children,
are more likely to be literate,
to work outside the home,
and to have more political and legal rights than at any previous time in the world s history.

According to UN data

-The average girl in the developing world can expect to live 10 years longer than her

- Women in every region of the world have begun to reduce their fertility. In the
developing world the total...